International Seafarers' Center looking for volunteers

Aug. 13—Being a port city, seafarers make up a good chunk of Brunswick's economy.

In 2019, the year before the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread in the U.S., ship personnel brought an estimated $300,000 to $350,000 into the local economy, says Vicki West, executive director of the local branch of the International Seafarers' Center.

"We wouldn't have a port without the ships coming in, and we wouldn't have the ships without seafarers," West said. "The seafarers keep coming back to the port, and we try to be a respite."